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World of Badass
All you need to know.
"If all of us are awesome, everyone is."

In the World Of Badass, every character is a Badass... even the girliest girly-girl will be a butt-kicking Action Girl, even the nerdiest of nerds will be a Badass Bookworm, far from dying first the black dude will be the guy you least want to mess with, and you should probably just steer clear of gays altogether. May or may not be Rated M for Manly, after all badassery comes in many shapes, personalities and sizes.

Obviously, this is a dangerous place to be and will often overlap with Crapsack World and/or Death World not only because of said danger but also because such worlds are fertile breeding grounds for the Black and Gray Morality that so often inspires true badassery. This can lead to Anti-Hero, Anti-Villain and Heel-Face Revolving Door characters popping up at frequent intervals. Other common character archetypes include the Cowboy Cop, Crazy Survivalist, Determinator and Blood Knight.

Frequently overlaps with Everyone Is Armed. Compare Everyone Is a Super, Had To Be Sharp.

If the main protagonist of a World of Badass has a Love Interest, expect them to become (or, in some cases, start out as) a Battle Couple. If they have kids, it's best to avoid messing with said kids. In fact, the kids may well be able to take care of themselves.

The World of Badass will occasionally, due to the comparably high level of HSQ, overlap with the World of Ham and Adventure-Friendly World. However, it's also possible for this trope to be applied to Crapsack or Dystopian worlds where every character is a badass out of necessity, see Had To Be Sharp.


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  • A main trope for the vast majority of fighting series.
  • The fallout post-nuclear war wasteland of Fist of the North Star.
  • Ushio and Tora,where every human and youkai with a name is a badass.
  • The entire Esper population of Academy City in A Certain Magical Index.
    • And the Mages are no slouches either.
    • As well as some of the normal ones too!
  • Black Lagoon takes place in the fictional Thai city of Roanapur, a city riddled with corruption, crime and violence, where gunfights happen in a frequent business, and almost every named character can kick all sorts of ass, whether it be with a guns, knives, or your clever wits. This is especially true if you're a woman. Let's just put it this way, in Roanapur, if you have a name, then you are a SURVIVOR.
  • In YuYu Hakusho you pretty much have to be this if you even hope on surviving in the Demon World, a place populated with A and S Class Demons. Hiei himself slaughtered over 500 A class demons in order to get himself to an S Class demon. To prevent an all out war between three nations, the Demon World had to set up a Ass Kicking Equals Authority Tournament where the winner would be crowned king of the Demon World.
  • Shin Angyo Onshi.
  • Rosario + Vampire has this as a running theme in the Youkai World, where there is a pecking order based on how strong you are, and it's a ruthless Social Darwinist.
  • High School Of The Dead has a universe that kills off the weak or zombifies them, leaving the world populated by badasses. In fact, being one has pretty much become a bare minimum requirement for survival.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is this and World of Ham.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam, also combined with World of Ham.
  • The world of Dragon Ball where everyone is a super powered martial artist, and even the comic relief Muggle Mr. Satan/Hercule is a Badass Normal who can kick any non-powered human's ass.
  • Baccano!. All named characters can fight. All exceptions learn.
  • Durarara!!. Half of the cast is outright Crazy Awesome, while the other half is badass in one way or another. No exceptions. And since Durarara!! takes place in the same universe as Baccano!, this makes sense.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist is an interesting case, in that the premise doesn't sound like it's trying too hard to be cool, but then you are given Scar, Major Armstrong, Colonel Mustang, the Elric brothers, Izumi Curtis, Riza Hawkeye, and many, many more. You can count the number of non-badasses on one hand, even though it's a series with Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • In the Lyrical Nanoha series, the world of Mid-Childa is a non-Crapsack World example. Generally, the rule is that if it comes from Mid-Childa and has a name, it will be able to annihilate you. It doesn't matter whether you are talking about five year old girls, ferrets or six inch cute mascots. Or books. This is because a large portion of Mid-Childan population are capable of magic, and damn near anyone with that talent attends a Magic School where advanced magical combat replaces your regular PE. All of this under the auspices of the galaxy-spanning Mildly Military Space Police that is so short on hands that they're willing to hire nine year-olds, as long as they can use magic—all the while the memories of a centuries-long Great Offscreen War some 80 years ago are still painfully fresh. So yeah, it may not be a Crapsack World, but only because all the badasses in it at some point decided that there had to be another way.
  • Pokémon Special, a world where humans are more likely to be fighting along side of their Pokémon instead of just hanging back.
  • Soul Eater. Pretty much every single character who isn't cannon fodder for the kids' Gotta Catch Them All schooling is badass at some point in time.
  • Nanatsu No Taizai Various characters within the series possess such incredible strength that massive amounts of destruction is quite common.
  • Naruto: Why is everyone in this show a f**king Ninja??
  • One Piece. If you don't have a Devil Fruit or do not already have an inhuman degree of strength, you're most likely to be just Made of Iron. That's mostly the reason nobody usually dies in One Piece outside flashbacks, at least until the Marineford War.
  • The post-apocalyptic world of Bastard!! is filled with badassery at every turn, complete with heavy metal themed names.
  • Hellsing. Sure, not everyone is as badass as Alucard, but that's like saying not everything is as hot as the sun. (Or Alucard.) Kouta Hirano's other work Drifters also qualifies. It's to be expected, when your premise is to take notorious Historical Domain Characters, give 'em an upgrade, and have them fight each other.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple. Just about everyone except Kenichi to start with, until he undergoes Training from Hell.
  • Hunter × Hunter played this so extremely straight it becomes a Deconstruction. Well, when you have a 10-something hired killer from a Murder, Inc. family… Specifically, the deconstruction is: What happens to the non-badass people? Well, they die left and right, and the police are pretty much useless against the evil Badasses.
  • Dorohedoro. You can't be non-badass and survive in a world where Devils go for a walk when they're bored, much less in a city where the yearly Zombie Apocalypse is a fundraising event. It's good that Death Is Cheap, otherwise Anyone Can Die would have slaughtered most of the main cast by volume 8.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!, or at least the residents of the Magical World. The most Badass of them all? Evangeline. And that's saying something.
  • In Fairy Tail, 10% of the world's population is made up of mages, and there are surprisingly few Squishy Wizards.
  • Noir depicts a village in France where everybody, with no exception (children, old women and nuns included), is an assassin trained to mass-murdering or die in attempt. As just are the main characters, Mireille and Kirika and most part of the other characters as well.
  • Bleach. Any named character who resides in Soul Society or Hueco Mundo is able to kick your ass. Yes, even the wimpy White Mage, and yes, even the guy who transforms into a pink pumpkin. To say nothing of the human characters, who with the introduction of the Vandenreich number among the strongest characters in the series hands down.
  • Filled of crap though it may be, Berserk is this. Four out of five people in this world need to be just a little bit badass at one point in their life in order to survive it, and this includes old people, little kids, and princesses (if only for one moment). If they still don't qualify as true badasses, then they're usually big time action survivors. And even under the most horrific circumstances, people don't just stop being badass: they merely shift from one state of badass-ness to another. For instance, Casca starts out as an Action Girl, then had a brief period of being a Pregnant Badass which horrifically ended with the Eclipse and her going insane as a result of it... only to having glimpses of her former self when she becomes a Badass Damsel.
  • Black Butler. A whole lot of badass, for Victorian England. The butler? A Nigh Invulnerable demon, who can kill you with silverware. The Aunt's butler? A chainsaw wielding, red haired psycho, who just happens to be a Grim Reaper. The house servants? An ex-badass soldier, a ridiculously skilled sniper, and one with Super Strength. The girlfriend? A two sword wielding can of zombie killing Little Miss Badass.
  • Ben-To, full stop. It helps that every single character is pretty much Made of Iron, otherwise they'd all be in traction.
  • High School D×D is a series where everyone is a Badass.
  • It doesn't matter what someone's archetype is in Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, because they'll be able to abuse the setting's Sufficiently Advanced Science to be badass. Kimi, a dancer, is literally untouchable in combat. Shirojiro, a merchant, can fight giant robots with his bare hands. Toori, a fool, is a bottomless energy well. Neshinbara, an author, can make anything happen just by writing it. And they're the support types. Armed characters will do anything from be a shield, to cut anything they want, to summon legions of the undead instantly, to ground flying ships in single blows, and anything in between.
  • Every noteworthy character in Ravages Of Time is a certified badass, even more so than in the source material and most adaptations. Keep in mind that "noteworthy" here means in excess of a few dozen characters, and the manhua has not even covered a third of the original novel!
  • Averted in Attack on Titan. Despite several people in the series being highly proficient at fighting, the vast majority of humans are just regular people that enlist in the military hoping to never actually have to fight, which explains the high casualty rate of every expedition.
  • In Kill la Kill, even the weakest mooks that the main character blows through en masse have Agent-tier Super Speed, and things only go up from there.
  • Despite being a Gag Series, Cromartie High School is populated by Badass delinquents like Fireball of Junior 2 and Hospitalizer of Junior 3 among other crazy things like a gorilla and Shinichi Mechazawa.

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  • Sin City. Even the Comedy Relief bad guys, Shlubb and Klump, can withstand an explosion from close-range. Well, the Yellow Guy is anything but badass.
  • Scott Pilgrim. At first it seems like only a few people can really fight, but it becomes pretty clear that almost every minor character or random background extra could probably throw down with some bizarre fighting style or weapon if sufficiently provoked.
  • Jim Valentino's normalman features the planet Levram, where everyone has super powers. Everyone, that is, except the eponymous character normalman. And as the series progresses he gets increasingly badass without ever gaining super powers.
  • Last Man Standing is filled to the brim with Badass characters. The only one who isn't is a Robot Girl, ironically.
  • Really, any major super hero comic universe fits here. Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Valiant Comics, Wildstorm, etc. They all have hundreds of super-powered characters and martial artists running around planet Earth alone. That's ignoring the various cosmic beings and powerful aliens outside of Earth.
    • And even side-characters and civilian allies can step up to the plate without being bitten by a radioactive anything. J. Jonah Jameson may be a jerk but he won't back down from Doc Ock when his people are in danger. Mary Jane does not make a cooperative damsel in distress (outside the movieverse.) The X-Men's scientist friend Moira McTaggert once pulled out a machine gun to battle a monstrosity calling itself Kierrok the Damned. Lois Lane knows kung fu. The list goes on.
    • Special shout-out to those chosen to be Green Lanterns. They have to be Badass just to qualify to get the ring in the first place!
    • Asgard, Thor's homeworld, definitely counts. The children are as strong as Spider-Man, and the average Asgardian can lift 25 tons.

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  • David Eddings flirts with this trope from time to time.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe can be this, Depending on the Writer. It certainly is when Matt Stover or Timothy Zahn writes it.
  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Even Lydia is decapitating "unmentionables."
  • Very few characters in The Dresden Files are not some degree of awesome:
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen series has badass characters in droves, ranging from Physical Gods to Badass Normals. Among the hundreds of named characters it would be easier to list who isn't a badass. Those would include... well... the Mhybe and Challice D'Arle. That's about it.
  • Honor Harrington is the Action Girl par excellence, but after looking at the rest of the cast, one begins to feel she's hardly remarkable in a universe that contains, among so many more, her parents, her pet, her best friend, Space Marines, super-spies, an Amazon Brigade, and Victor Cachat.
  • The Crest of Zabutur brings us the world of Mencu, populated with creatures called Serenghe. Given that all of them possess some form of elemental manipulation abilities, you'll be hard-pressed to find even a civilian who cannot hold her ground in combat.
  • Belisarius Series: Almost every character is a badass. Aside from the title character, his wife is a retired hooker who is somehow able to kill half a dozen assassins with a meat cleaver and a cauldron of stew, his wife's best friend is a spymaster of spymasters, the seeming Damsel in Distress can kill men with her bare hands, and convince her former captors to pledge loyalty to her; her husband is one of the two greatest warriors in India. And on and on.
  • From the creator of the above-mentioned Dresden Files is Codex Alera. The humans are descendants of a Roman legion who all have Elemental Powers. (The one exception is way, way more awesome than most of them could ever hope to be) They share the place with Neanderthal-elves that bond with giant ground sloths and terror birds, telepathic yetis, 8-foot-tall centuries-old wolfmen with Blood Magic, and the Zerg the Vord, a Horde of Alien Locusts led by a Nigh Invulnerable juggernaut of a Hive Queen. Other denizens include nature spirits that start to resemble Eldritch Abominations and sea monsters that are about forty feet long as infants and tend to eat anything that comes close. Even the accountants can kick your ass.
  • James H Schmitz's Federation of the Hub: its society is purposely being manipulated in order to raise the vitality of the human race. Since the Hub's main exports are Magnificent Bastards, it works.
  • Many Cyberpunk novels e.g. William Gibson's Neuromancer, Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, The Diamond Age are like this. In a more or less Crapsack anarchy dominated by MegaCorps where life is cheap some badass-y would be recommended for better survival rate.
  • Discworld. If you intend to mess with someone here, make sure they're not harmless old men, witches, wizards, dwarves, trolls, Mrs. Cake, demons, gods, gnomes, D'regs, hairdressers, Mrs. Cake, werewolves, vampires, pictsies, heroes, Mrs. Cake, assassins, monks, Sir Samuel Vimes, Death, Susan Sto Helit, Lord Vetinari, the Luggage, or last, but not least, the Librarian (and Mrs. Cake). It's a wonder that anyone else is left in the place.
    • Ankh-Morpork has The Shades, which is such a dangerous neighborhood that in Night Watch, the revolutionaries don't even bother building barricades on the Shades side, because not even the freaking army will go in there.
      Vimes: "You know what they call a horse in the Shades, Fred?"
      Fred: "Yeah, Sarge. Lunch."
    • An entire town called Bad Ass appears in Wyrd Sisters. Unsurprisingly it is the home town and base of Granny Weatherwax. Visitors to Lancre have been warned. Apparently a donkey once stopped midstream and refused to go either forwards or backwards. But that's their story.
    • Possibly a Shout-Out to Shea and Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy, in which the Texan town of Bad Ass is a throwback to earlier ornery Confederate ways and has a robust attitude to all those northern carpetbagging liberal sissy notions such as desegregation. Bad Ass is an embarrassment to the rest of the USA, which uncomfortably realises that Bad Ass is how the rest of the world sees the whole of America.
  • World Of Badass is a literal description of what happens to the setting of Men. There are only eleven people left on the planet, all men, and they are all incredibly damned awesome.
  • In order to be a Time Scout, you have to be a badass. Hell, just to associate with a time scout will probably require you to be a badass. The only people who aren't badasses are tourists. They're just kind of annoying.
  • Warrior Cats. Yes, nearly every single one of the 700-some characters is trained to fight and can hold their own in a battle.
  • World Of Badass is an excellent description of Barsoom where the Mad Scientists carry swords; the Damsels In Distress are likely to slip a dagger between your ribs and little old men can give the best swordsman on two planets a fight to remember.
  • World War Z is a justified example. Nearly all of the survivors have stories of badass survival, from which one can infer that non-badasses could not survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Anything ever written by John Ringo. Whether the protagonist is a grisly military veteran, an average joe or a teenage girl, they're never helpless or overwhelmed, always aware of their surroundings, and pack copious amounts of grit, determination, firepower and, most importantly, Genre Savvy.

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  • Professional Wrestling itself is a world of badass. It takes a lot of body control and agility to jump the ten foot height from a turnbuckle to the floor, hit someone in such a way that they don't get hurt but still looks realistically painful, then hit the hard floor without breaking your neck. Many wrestlers are legitimately badass outside of the ring, and some people have found this out the hard way. Another aspect of this is the length wrestlers go through to keep kayfabe, keeping in character no matter what happens. Wrestlers have grit their teeth through broken bones, concussions, generously bleeding injuries and more just to keep the show going. More than once, a wrestler might not actually remember the actual match despite keeping character the entire way through, probably meaning they blacked out and were playing their character on reflex.

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  • The Warhammer 40,000 universe, of course. This happens largely through a twisted form of natural selection; the insufficiently Badass simply die in droves at the hands of the rest.
    • That being said, a few worlds earn a specific mention, such as Cadia, which stands directly on the one way out of the setting's version of hell (that's saying quite a lot, actually), forcing the population into becoming the best soldiers of the Imperial Guard.
  • Warhammer Fantasy, although in this case it's one-third natural selection, one-third the will of the gods, and one-third taking on Bloodletters without semiautomatic rocket grenade launchers or tanks the size of small cities.
  • Exalted. If your character can't be described as an utter Badass, you are doing it wrong. You know that you are living in a World Of Badass when the fairies are soul-eating Eldritch Abominations, and are some of the weakest beings in the setting.
  • Feng Shui, naturally, since it's based on action movies, especially Hong Kong ones.
  • Strike Legion, where even the lowliest mooks with 1 in their stats are as good as the real life best in their fields, and things only go up from there.

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  • In any given Fighting Game all the characters can kick your ass. Nearly every playable character in an Action Game is going to be able to fight his or her way through countless Mooks to reach his/her goals. Even the Joke Character might be badass in the hands of the right player.
  • The Fallout series, bare minimum, requires EVERYONE be an Action Survivor, and if you want to enjoy a healthy lifespan in a post apocalyptic world where quite often Everything Is Trying to Kill You, being some sort of badass is about the only way to enjoy most of your natural lifespan.
  • Metal Gear, where everyone is a hard-boiled double agent who may or may not have supernatural abilities. A world where a women gives birth via a messy C-section and then immediately leads the charge at Normandy on D-day.
  • Every Shin Megami Tensei game and their spinoffs either ultimately turn into this over the course of the game or already are from the get go. In fact, Devil Survivor, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, and Digital Devil Saga pretty much have this as a survival prerequisite.
    • Devil Survivor 2 recently took this Up to Eleven. In other SMT games, if you didn't have demons, demon power, or could otherwise fight them in some way, you were screwed. In this game, though, not only is demon summoning ability available to pretty much everyone worldwide as long as you have a cellphone (which IRL and ingame are easy to get and very widespread) and a free downloadable app, even that isn't necessary in one level where unarmed, non demon summoning civilians are fighting demons and demon summoners and doing pretty well.
      • Not to mention the fact that the first game had an in-game justification/Hand Wave on why normal unarmed humans could hope to stand up to demons in a fight and not be killed in a single hit from them: no such thing exists in the second game, implying that everyone's just that strong normally.
  • Guilty Gear, a tradition continued in its Spiritual Successor, BlazBlue.
  • City of Heroes for the most part has a rather large percentage of the population being superheroes and/or supervillains.
  • Devil May Cry: there isn't one character that isn't an absolute Badass, unless you count the animated series or Kyrie in 4 (and even the latter is willing to use her body as a shield to protect a child from a demon attack). Even normal humans like Lady have ridiculous stamina, when they're not outright Made of Iron.
  • Fire Emblem, where a little girl can with a little experience and luck destroy an entire army by herself.
  • No More Heroes, where everyone with a name has some degree of Badass in some completely insane way in them. Might as well call it a World of Crazy Awesome.
  • Overlaps with Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting in Jade Empire.
  • Super Robot Wars (Yes, even Boss and his Borot get to be badass). Likewise, the Endless Frontier. It's more like several interconnected worlds, who are all badass in a unique way.
  • Sengoku Basara, also know as "Epic Manly Badassery: The Video Game Series". Its H-Game parody, Sengoku Rance, basically is the same formula, just with a different gameplay engine and tons of estrogen due to massive amounts of Gender Flip (though none of the women are less badass as a result).
  • Brutal Legend is a world of badasses, fueled by the epic awesome of Heavy Metal.
  • The Dynasty Warriors/Samurai Warriors series quickly spring to mind, where even a 90 lb girl wielding beautiful twin fans can kick epic levels of ass on a battlefield filled with thousands of sword-wielding Mooks.
  • Bayonetta, with a select few, is filled with these and is also a world of camp. The game is the Spiritual Successor to Devil May Cry and the titular protagonist is very much a female Dante. note 
  • As the page image shows, Serious Sam.
  • Australia in Team Fortress 2 is a Country of Badass: the men fight everything they can get their hands on, the women have epic moustaches, and the girl scouts have been known to wrestle bears. The whole world still counts as Abraham Lincoln was the first BLU pyro, and George Washington was a spy. Also, Shakespearicles. And Kicasso.
  • Mabinogi: Even aside from the PCs, you see a lot of memory sequences (and actual fight scenes) of NPC army characters being extremely badass.
  • Dragon Age II, more so than the first game. Fewer cowering screaming people, bigger dragons, and nobody flinches from battling the guy that according to the tales killed a High Dragon with a rusty spoon. Given what kind of place Kirkwall is, most of the population Had To Be Sharp.
  • In Mass Effect 2, we get Tuchanka, the homeworld of the krogan, who are the resident ProudWarriorRace of the series. All krogan are unstoppable juggernauts fueled by rage and copious amounts of headbutting. The krogan had nuked themselves back to the Stone Ages because modern technology had made life too easy, so this overlaps with CrapsackWorld. All krogan encountered in the game are warriors, whether they be soldiers or mercenaries, and their weapons of choice are their skulls.
  • Touhou is set in Gensoukyou, a realm that has become the nexus of the planet's magic and badass. When a character that can freeze their opponent solid in an instant and another that can shatter boulders with their fists are mocked by fans and other characters for being too weak, then this trope is inevitable.
  • Guild Wars is a game where major characters who can't fight are extremely rare.
  • Resident Evil oh very much so! Ashley from Resident Evil 4 even has one or two moments and she is a Damsel Scrappy.
  • Gears of War has plenty of examples.
    • Gears are so hardcore that they wield assault rifles with chainsaw bayonets, can reload the hard way, so the shots have higher damage, and can shrug off anything except direct hits with explosives or headshots from anti-tank rifles. Revolvers sever limbs, machine guns mulch targets, and Torque Bows (don't let the name fool you, it's more like a hybrid of a bow, a Gauss gun, and an RPG) double as lethal melee weapons. The best part? By the third game, female Gears do all of these things as well.
    • On the enemies' side, you have one of toughest video-game mooks ever, with basic soldiers dying after a whole magazine of SMG ammo or withstanding a point-blank shotgun blast.
  • Arc The Lad is a world where even a pathetic coward in the Seyran army's drum corps can become a fearsome One-Man Army Magic Knight. The real heavy hitters on every side are outright Persons of Mass Destruction. And it takes thousands of years and entire civilizations composed of these people to defeat the Big Bad.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: When the entire setting of the game is a Class 0 apocalypse filled with eyeless rabid dogs, monkey-like mutated soldiers, Cthulu-mouthed abominations, psychically augmented monsters, and periodic class 3b emissions, it's pretty hard not to be anything but a Badass Normal. Oh, and did we mention that there are also localized physical anomalies, ranging from scorching jets of flame to space-time portals?
  • StarCraft. Especially in StarCraft II. The medics wear power armor.
  • Front Mission. Everyone knows how to pilot an asskicking wanzer. Everyone.
  • In World of Warcraft, even the lowliest, non military NPC you come across will generally have as many hit points as the big, tough monsters you fight, and be able to dish out nearly as much damage as said monsters just with his bare fists.
    • Pretty much any named character who's done something relevant is likely to be a badass - such as Illidan, Malfurion, Tyrande, Jaina, Thrall, Arthas, Uther, Varian, Fandral, Archimonde, Kil'jaeden, Medivh, Maeiv...
    • The Majority of the population's equivalent of Blue-collar workers jobs are killing hundreds of things in various ways every day. The equivalent of an upper class regularly head to the most dangerous part of the world and gather various resources there, while killing everyone near said reagent.
  • Asura's Wrath is MADE of this trope. From a rampaging demigod whose strength seemingly has no limit and who gets stronger the angrier he gets, a deity that becomes bigger than the Earth itself, to another one who has a sword that can extend all the way from Earth to the fucking moon, and pierce right THROUGH IT! And that's just the three characters revealed in the demo.
  • Any MMORPG city's population will consist of various badasses who's day job is usually killing things. People who aren't badasses tend to be 5 or 4 to a city.
  • Urban Rivals. When 22 factions are vying for control of the city, even the weakest combatants have to be Badass Normal.
  • Xenoblade - The main character is a Badass Bookworm who shrugs a plot-induced coma off in only 30 minutes of gameplay, while it took Cloud half a disc, his mentor singlehandedly ends a war against giant killer death robots and shouts haikus in battle, the puffball "mascot"-looking character can tank tons of damage, equip heavy armor, and hits 9999 HP before any other character; said puffball's race charges into battle against aforementioned evil killer death robots alongside humans and not-elves, the medic is the only character with a semi-reliable instant kill move, the effeminate-looking not-elf prince is described as "looks like a sissy, but he's got guts", a minor comic relief character survives having a troop transport dropped on him and is nigh-fearless even when faced with one of the tougher baddies in the game, and did we mention they're all fighting giant evil killer death robots that eat people? And the main character kills, then becomes a god.
  • Anarchy Reigns. Even the seemingly harmless bartender robot can (and will) kick your ass.
  • Final Fantasy is probably a universe of Badass. (Multiverse, really, but technicalities.)
  • Project X Zone took this trope a bit further; it's not just one world anymore. There exist six worlds of badasses and all of them include a lot of badass people both heroes and villains (Earth, Phantom World, Hell, Alternate Earth, Endless Frontier, and the different star systems in the future).
  • Monster Hunter is set in a pseudo-medieval/stone age/bronze age Death World populated with dinosaur-like and dragon-like creatures that make Tyrannosaurus rex look like a pussy, and nearly all of them are Made of Iron and possess Elemental Powers. The titular human "monster hunters" are all Badass Normal Proud Warrior Race Guys (keep in mind that Gender Is No Object is in full effect here) armed with traps, gadgets and some really, really big weapons. Chefs cook some amazing meals to keep the hunters fed and full, the smiths make weapons and armour from monster scales and claws as well as iron and steel, the fishermen and traders all have Cool Boats and brave dangerous monster-infested waters to do their jobs, the elders who live in the hunting zones do so unarmed and alone, you can just go on and on.
  • Rebuild: it's not uncommon to have survivors with maximal level in soldier. Hell, if you're playing in a huge city, everyone will have maximal level in soldier at the end. Even the scientists.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Nasuverse itself. If they have a name, they have badass points:
    • In Fate/stay night every main character has severe badass credentials by the end except Shinji, really. Yes, even Ilya and Sakura. Fate/hollow ataraxia barely changes the cast, but even those few it adds are amazing, such as Bazett Fraga McRemitz, a human who can go toe to toe with Servants — in fact, she has her own Noble Phantasm, which only Servants are supposed to have.
    • Angel Notes, a virtually unknown piece of work within the Nasuverse, involves swords so long they can carve out chasms in the earth, and humans slaughtering an Eldritch Abomination. World of raging badass indeed - then again, it did give us Archer.
    • And by extension of the Nasuverse, Battle Moon Wars.
  • In Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai, there are very few characters who can't fight, and many who takes it to a ridiculous degree. The anime even opens with a war game which includes the entire school. The same event is also in one of the routes.

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  • Girl Genius comes very close. Every character from top to bottom seems to get at least one moment of absolute Badass, from the protagonist, to her Love Interest (and another, and third), to a traveling show full of minor Sparks, to some supposedly random soldier who woke up to find his airship on fire, to that pretty pink princess (fake, though she's a noble too). Oh, and Mechanicsburg managed to clearly stand out even there.
  • In the world of Axe Cop, if you have a name, chances are good that you are either a good guy with superpowers or a bad guy about to be destroyed.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is pretty much this combined with Rule of Cool. Ninja doctor with a velociraptor-riding, revolver-toting bandito sidekick. Whole family of ninjas. Pirates that fly around in their airships. A zombie-killing chrononaut/astronaut for a mayor. The list of badasses goes on.
    • One story involves an army of primitively-armed humans attacking, successfully at first, a fortress full of gun-toting dinosaurs. Some of the humans turned into giant lumberjacks and wrestled the dinosaurs to death. In case it's not obvious, insane badassery is pretty much the entire point of this comic.
    • King radical is from the alternate dimension called the radical lands, where everything (including the living helicopter-tree hybrid, and the sun) wear sunglasses for starters, also badass nicknames are the norm. And title character drmcninja would be considered an average citicen in that alternate universe.
    • Giant ghost powered robot made from the city using the city's zombie defence system. That is all.
  • Homestuck: If you've managed to get into the Medium and you're not badass already, you will be soon enough. In a more literal Crapsack World example, Alternia. Even surviving past infant-hood in Troll society requires a certain degree of Badassness, since wigglers are put through a series of harrowing trials immediately after they hatch. It says a lot that a thirteen year old blind girl from Alternia is one of the most badass characters in Homestuck, and that even the wimpiest among the trolls has strong psychic abilities that allow him to tame and raise a virtual army of monsters.
  • St. Louis is a city of badass in Lackadaisy. All the characters have their moments. Here's a list: Rocky Rickaby, who dances in and out of danger and gets in all sorts of trouble; Aunt Nina, a badass grandma; Freckle McMurray, who goes from quiet ex-cop to "murders three recurring villains with a tommy gun while laughing like a maniac" almost immediately after finding the Lackadaisy; Mitzi May, who is simply an Action Girl; Dorian "Zib" Zibowski, who is a total badass without ever picking up a weapon; Mordecai Heller is, well, Mordecai Heller and the list goes on.
  • Schlock Mercenary has a truly fascinating example. The galaxy is just filled with Mooks for Tagon's Toughs to savage, and Worthy Opponents to return the favor. But the Toughs themselves have a contagious case of Badass. They pick up a (ir)reverend (because he was the sole applicant) and a doctor (based on her cup size). The reverend is soon skewering enemy eyeballs with a fencing foil. The doctor ends up leading troops into curbstomps and delivering speeches "Like Patton with boobs". They grab a bunch of loser thugs off from a Wretched Hive on a Scavenger World. The one with no arms can float like a butterfly(with gravitic assists) and sting like a bee (as in wrestle entire gangs with her tongue). They grab a Wrench Wench off a UNS battleplate that wants to get rid of her. She slaughters mobs singlehandedly (with Powered Armor and Post-Victory Collapse). Join The Toughs. Be Badass.
  • Lyle Phipps manages to invoke this trope in Great. Everyone he interacts with is inspired to become awesome in what they do because of him.
  • Supernormal Step goes beyond Willing Suspension of Disbelief in its diverse range of Badass characters. The whole series seems like an Original Character Tournament waiting to happen.
  • The Snafu comics by Bleedman; Powerpuff Girls Doujinshi, and Grimtales from Down Below. Like mainstream print comics, the two feature superheroes, robots, aliens, beings of supernatural origin, etc.; rightfully fitting this trope from the get-go, but the real icing on this cake of badassery is that the characters have all on their own saved the world and/or universe at one point or another, and are now all together in one continuity.
  • Noblesse: Anyone (attractive) in the series will inevitably be Badass: thanks to the Noblesse, his butler, his butler's employees, plus their friends as well as their enemies who consists of Elite Mooks and worse, many buildings have been demolished in their fights.

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  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender , you can count the characters who aren't badass on one hand. Even most of the ones who don't bend make up for it. To wit, one episode opens up with a random old guy in a fight with a platypus-bear. A century-long world war, in which few people in the series aren't involved in, will do this to people.
  • The Legend of Korra subverts this trope in terms of its franchise, but provides some justified exceptions. The main plot involves a brewing city-wide war between benders and non-benders, but, unlike its predecessor series, there are far fewer badasses in the world due to a seventy year stretch of peacetime and prosperity. The vast majority of the city's populace aren't fighters. They sit on the sidelines throughout the series. The police, who practice a rare art known as metalbending, are woefully outmatched against the military-strength Equalists. Even the Order of the White Lotus, who were the pinnacle of badassness in the original series, have become little more than mooks due to the long peace. The heroes and villains are the only real exceptions. The non-bender Equalist revolutionaries have dedicated training camps for their rank-and-file, and extensive financial and technical support to arm themselves. Meanwhile, the heroes only have extensive martial arts training due to their unusual backgrounds: two members are former gangsters turned pro-athletes who lived on the street, another was given extensive self-defense training after her mother's murder, and the show's heroine is a Kung-Fu Jesus whose powers depend on martial and spiritual perfection.
  • Cybertron, homeworld of the Transformers. Even the planet itself is badass, what with being a badass god, Primus in disguise. Even the least badass of Transformers is usually still a twelve foot tall car/robot hybrid with built in missiles and stuff. The least badass Transformers are probably either the Mini-cons (until they unleash their full Unicron-given powers and become a giant glowing green Unicron and battle the Chaos-bringer hand-to-hand or G1 Wheelie (except in the versions where he lived on a Death World all his life and has a necklace made of Sharkticon teeth. And still does the annoying rhyming thing which was made cool).
  • In The Fairly OddParents, Timmy wished that his life would be like an action movie. And like an action movie, things went from bad to worse.
  • The Boondocks. Though Huey's portrayed as a martial arts expert, he's constantly matched or bested by senior citizens, psychotic women, and even Uncle Ruckus.
    Ruckus: "What? You think you the only one to learn the ancient and deadly art of the Nunchaku?"
  • The entire cast of Gargoyles. The least Bad Ass character would probably be the mutated flying Cat Girl who can shoot electricity out of her hands.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door falls under this trope by virtue of being a universe of Crazy Awesome and World of Ham. We're talking about a show that's about a Badass Adorable Army of kids going against equally badass (if more than equally silly) villians, lead by a Humanoid Abomination bent on harming and oppressing the world's children.
  • There is not a single weak character in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!. Not in the "major" category, anyway.
  • Zig-Zagging Trope in The Incredibles. The world is indeed full of badass superheroes, but it turns out that ordinary people don't want superheroes around so they make them illegal. Many of the supers also wind up getting picked off one by one by Syndrome's killer robot. The point is repeated a few times: "If everyone is super, no one is."
  • In Black Dynamite, pretty much anyone who isn't a ninja is a martial arts expert of some kind, from Whorephanage staff to living preschool-show puppets.
  • The Lego Movie. Their entire world arguably counts. They've got an elite team of builders who smash mooks in the most awesome way possible and can build anything to kick your ass. Even the citizens count once they've got their creativity back, they can build gigantic mechs to kick robo-ass in the most Crazy Awesome ways possible. Even the most ridiculously average guy could take out an entire highway of police cars and bikes filled with robots trying to murder him with Motorcycle Fu.
  • Kung Fu Panda. Almost every named character is some kind of kung fu master and even those that aren't have their moments.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon, the citizens of Berk have become battle hardened over generations of battling dragons. Hiccup is essentially a black sheep for not being innately badass (at least at first).


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